Substitute Adeseun Adelani’s injury time goal haded Go Round FC all three points as they edged Yobe Desert Stars 1-0 at Omuku.
The match was the return of former Go Round FC head coach, Ngozi Elechi to his old club since he switched to Yobe at the start of the season.
But it was obvious if Go Round head coach Willy Udube did not introduce Adelani for Joshua Obem in the 57th minute, the game could have ended goalless.
It is not every day that one witnesses such a lame display in the final third by two teams.
It wasn’t till the 32nd minute that any of the teams made an attempt at goal when Yobe Stars’ Moses Tsehuan scared the birds at the arena with his free-kick.
Of the six attempts at goal recorded in the game, three were wayward free-kicks and Adelani had two of the three attempts from open play.
Before his introduction in the 57th minute, the hosts had failed to record a shot at goal.
But a minute after he came on, he carved out a speculative left-footed effort from far. It was so lame and posed no problems for Yobe Stars keeper Terkaa Melai.
Feeble as the attempt was, it marked a statement of intent by Go Round. Udube had done the needful from the bench. From then on, Go Round were more purposeful in attack.
On the other end, Anayo Ogbonna leading Yobe Stars’ attack gave Go Round defence marshalled by Akaba Oteba little cause for worry.
The two teams’ attacks so lacked bite that the keepers were more of sweeper-keepers, a good number of times coming out of their box to get involved.
What the teams lacked in purposefulness in attack, they had aplenty in ball-caressing midfielders with former Go Round playmaker Uche Okeke pulling the strings in the middle of the park for Yobe Stars.
But Adelani’s introduction made the hosts more dangerous where it mattered most.
A home draw stared them in the face as they couldn’t find a way past the well-organised Yobe Stars defence.
In the 73rd minute, Melai was forced into the only save made by any of the keepers.
Right-back Ogunjobi Akinwale’s cross was met on a half volley by left-back Paul David but Melai parried into corner. That was more like it for the hosts.
By the time Ogbonna was sent off in the 85th minute, the hosts piled more pressure and with almost the last kick of the game, Adelani blasted home the match winner.
Go Round: Godwin Dede; Ogunjobi Akinwale, Philip David, Morice Chukwu, Adeleke Adekunle, Akaba Otega, Samuel Onukwube (Shedrack Oghali, 37’/Ifeanyi Anyanwu 80′), Sadiq Rilwan, Chiebonam Nwogbaga, Stanley Worlu, Joshua Obem (Adeseun Adelani, 57′)
Substitutes not used: Joseph Onwuga; Ebuka Akubundu, Odinaka Onyirimba, Chinda Chinonye
Yellow cards: Morice Chukwu (45+1′), Ogunjobi Akinwale (66′), Adeseun Adelani (90+6′)
Yobe Desert Stars: Terkaa Melai; Moses Yanmar, Zayyad Musa (Abdulkareem Chindo, 67′), Uche Okeke (Edward Okhoya 71′), Solomon Chidi (Sadiq Adam, 47′), Joseph Jacob, Obinna Ukwu, Moses Tsehuan, Anayo Ogbonna, Reuben Essien, Daniel Agwaza
Substitutes not used: Mohammed Abdullahi, Shagari Mohammed, Sunday Robert, Chibuzor Anyanwu
Yellow cards: Anayo Ogbonna (45+1′, 85′), Uche Okeke (62′)
Red card: Anayo Ogbonna (85′)
Go Round 1-0 Yobe Desert Stars
On target 3-0
Yellow card 3-3
Red card 0-1